Living in India guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in India with the expat guide

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General information
  • India is known to be one of the world's biggest and most densely populated country's, with a very diverse economy that attracts many foreigners.

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  • India offers expats a number of lifestyles, thanks to its sheer diversity of cultures and traditions that vary from region to region.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Regardless of their nationality, foreigners are allowed to get married in India, provided they comply with certain requirements.

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  • There are certain restrictions imposed by customs as to what you can bring into India. Certain products have volume limits, while others are prohibited.

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  • Registration Requirement for all foreigners visiting India that permits a stay of more than 180 days.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • To be allowed to work in India, expats must have secured an employment contract and obtained a work visa beforehand.

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  • Whether you are moving to India to work, study, or for business purposes, you are required to apply for a visa on the India Visa Online website.

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  • You can choose among different types of visas to travel to India, namely the tourism visa, the business visa, the employment visa, etc..

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  • List of documents that are required at the time of registration with the Foreigners Registration Offices in India is given below.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in India? The digital nomad's guide to India will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • There are a number of ways to find a job in India. Expats can search online, use a recruitment agency or even attend job fairs.

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  • India's capital city, New Delhi, is a major economic centre, offering expats who wish to live there plenty of job opportunities.

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  • Mumbai is one of India's largest cities and is a major contributor to the country's economy. Expats can expect to find a wealth of job opportunities there.

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  • The IT, biotech startup hub of Bangalore has a wide appeal amongst expats, with opportunities for jobseekers and entrepreneurs.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan has long been a popular tourist destination. Expats will find that accommodation is widely available and affordable there.

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  • Buying a property in India can be a rather complicated task for a foreign national, but you can overcome this with appropriate planning.

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  • India's property market is diverse and varies between regions and cities. Nonetheless, expats shouldn't have too much trouble finding accommodation there.

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  • Goa has a heavenly atmosphere and environment which you are definitely going to enjoy if you are relocating there, especially due to its beautiful beaches.

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  • Despite being India's most industrialised city, Bombay does have several residential neighbourhoods that are rather popular with expatriates.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Each year, India welcomes thousands of worldwide foreign students looking forward to study in one of its several prestigious universities.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • If you are travelling to India, you should consider health insurance before departing. The healthcare varies in quality in urban and rural areas.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • India hosts several national and regional banks, as well as branches of international banks where expats can open a bank account.

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Tax system, income tax
  • During your stay in India, whether you are there to work or to set up a business, you are likely to pay different types of taxes.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • There are a a wide range of transport options available in India. Expats can choose the most convenient option based on the length of journey and cost.

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  • New Delhi, the Indian capital city, has a well developed transport network consisting of trains, buses, taxis, as well as the famous rickshaw.

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  • My experience purchasing a car in India and the cultural nuances surrounding the event.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Expats can drive in India for short periods with an International Driver's Licence. For longer periods, you will need to apply for an Indian licence.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to India requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Expats moving to India are only allowed to bring 2 pets per person, and only if they can prove that they intend to spend at least 2 years in India.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Expats can either use their mobile phone with an Indian SIM, or choose to get a landline installed. Mobile networks are not as developed in rural areas.

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  • You can get connected to the internet in India visa your portable device with a SIM card and data plan, or via a landline.

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  • The Indian head shake can be perplexing to those who are unaccustomed to its meaning. The following article seeks to decipher it.....

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  • In Mumbai, you can talk like a local without saying a single non-English word and this article is going to teach how.

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  • Many people in India may speak English, but that doesn't mean there aren't *many* hilarious misunderstandings.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Sports are very popular in almost the whole of India. You can attend matches live, watch broadcasts on TV, and even practise the sports you like.

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  • New Delhi, the Indian capital city, is rich in leisure activities, ranging from museums and monuments to shopping malls and markets.

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  • Regardless of the region where you have settled in India, you should definitely take the time to enjoy the numerous leisure activities available.

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  • Cycling - the best way to see Bangalore and nearby areas.

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  • Mumbai is a writhing sea of humanity. When people ask me if Mumbai is beautiful I tell them that it's beauty lies within it's people.

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